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Oysters NYC: Best places to shuck and slurp the tasty shellfish

There's nothing like slurping down a juicy oyster — it's a tactile food experience that only these bivalve shellfish can deliver.

There is no shortage of eateries where you can get your oyster fix, from Vandal in Manhattan to Maison Premiere in Brooklyn.

And for National Oyster Day on Aug. 5, a lot of these bars and eateries are offering specials, from $1 oyster shooters to rosé and oyster specials for two.

To help you make the most of the day, we've gathered some of the best places to enjoy oysters around the city.

Bagatelle

French restaurant Bagatelle is offering its Summer Gems
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French restaurant Bagatelle is offering its Summer Gems promotion (which is normally only for weekdays) for dinner on National Oyster Day. Indulge in a half dozen oysters (east and west coast) topped with caviar paired with a glass of house wine or bubbly for $30. (1 Little West 12th Street, 212-488-2110, bagatellenyc.com)

Bar Belly

This intimate bar offers two 50/50 martinis and
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This intimate bar offers two 50/50 martinis and a half a dozen oysters for $24 with 10 percent of the proceeds donated to Billion Oyster Project's efforts to restore the city's oyster beds. You can "Shuck It Forward" to a friend by prepaying for a numbered oyster shell dangling from the bar, which symbolizes one pairing, and friends can return any time to claim their pairing. Otherwise, its oyster bar has daily selections of both east and west coast oysters and for happy hour, they're just $1 (from 5 to 7 p.m). (14 Orchard St., 917-488-0943, barbellynyc.com)

ACME

ACME, a new American bistro in NoHo, is
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ACME, a new American bistro in NoHo, is launching a monthly martini & oyster happy hour on Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary unlimited oysters from Billion Oyster Project with a special $10 martini menu featuring Fords Gin and Aylesbury Duck Vodka martinis. (9 Great Jones St, 212-203-2121, acmenyc.com)

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

From 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays at
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From 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays at this Dumbo waterfront restaurant, you can enjoy the grill's happy hour, which features the chef's selection of $2 oysters. (Empire Stores, 55 Water St., 718-473-9555, sugarcanerawbargrill.com)

Hudson's

If you like panoramic views of the Manhattan
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If you like panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline but you're iffy on raw shellfish, Hudson's has fried Blue Point oysters that you can enjoy as you sit inside its observation deck. The restaurant, which is at Pier 81, offers a champagne hour before sailing, which includes a chef's starter, an appetizer, main course and dessert. (Pier 81 at 12th Avenue and West 41st Street, 212-630-8840, hudsonsnyc.com)

Parker & Quinn

For National Oyster Day, this American eatery led
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For National Oyster Day, this American eatery led by Jeff Haskell is offering a dozen oysters and a bottle of its signature rosé for $45. Otherwise, the restaurant offers a half-dozen for $18 and a dozen for $36, not including rosé, every day. (64 W. 39th St., 212-729-0277, ingoodcompany.com)

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime has a National Oyster Day special
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Ocean Prime has a National Oyster Day special that gives half off the price of oysters on the half shell for the entire evening -- $11.50 rather than $23. If you want to go all out, the "smoking" shellfish tower is another way to enjoy your oysters and can be customized with the shellfish of your liking, and yes, it does smoke. Its price is based on market prices. (123 W. 52nd St., 212-956-1404, ocean-prime.com)

North River Lobster Co.

Enjoy $1 oyster shooters for National Oyster Day
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Enjoy $1 oyster shooters for National Oyster Day aboard the North River Lobster Co. boat as you cruise down the Hudson River. Shooters are normally $4 each. The eatery also has raw bar platters with traditional oysters for $3 a piece, six for $16 and 12 for $33. Wash it all down with a granita prepared with rosé and elderflower, aptly named FROZÉ! FROZÉ! FROZÉ! or the Queen Mary, a Bloody Mary garnished with shrimp. (Open for the season, Pier 81 at W. 41st St., northriverlobsterco.com)

Irvington

Grab your partner and head to this Mediterranean-influenced
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Grab your partner and head to this Mediterranean-influenced eatery at Union Square for its oyster and rosé cider special for two (12 oysters and two Wolffer rosé ciders) on National Oyster Day. Usually its East Coast oysters are $36 for 18.

Vandal

This Bowery bar and nightclub is offering National
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This Bowery bar and nightclub is offering National Oyster Day specials including $1 freshly-shucked oysters with old school cocktail sauce and new school mignonette or any of the eatery's specially made oyster entrees, from tequila-spiced oyster shooters for $5 to oyster Rockefeller for $18 and an oyster po'boy for $6. There will also be wine and Champagne specials so you can wash it all down. (199 Bowery, 212-400-0199, vandalnewyork.com)

Primal Cut

This Upper East Side steakhouse has a vast
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This Upper East Side steakhouse has a vast seafood menu including oysters on the half shell and a seafood tower, which comes with chilled shellfish and sushi on ice. (333 E. 60th St., 212-421-3600, primalcutnyc.com")

Bungalow Bar

Get a view of Jamaica Bay as you
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Get a view of Jamaica Bay as you slurp away with a spread of East and West Coast Oysters -- $15 for half a dozen and $30 for a dozen. If you bring friends, you can also choose from platters, including The Dock, which comes with a half lobster, three shrimp cocktail, six steamed mussels, three little neck and three top neck clams, three East Coast and three West Coast oysters and lump crab meat -- what a mouthful! (377 Beach 92nd St., 718-945-2100, ingoodcompany.com)

Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere is one of the premier venues
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Maison Premiere is one of the premier venues in New York City to eat oysters, clams, lobster and caviar. The restaurant is also well-known for its bar program, which focuses heavily on absinthe. The daily oyster happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with oyster prices ranging from $2.45 to $3.60 per oyster. (298 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347-335-0446, maisonpremiere.com)

Lure Fishbar

If you're looking for more of a tangy
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If you're looking for more of a tangy twist on the typical oyster dish, give Lure Fishbar a try -- for $17, you can get deviled eggs with fried oysters and picked chilies. Plus, there's always the raw bar, with an extensive oyster selection. (142 Mercer St., 212-431-7676, lurefishbar.com)

Zadie's Oyster Room

In addition to its regular oyster offerings, Zadie's
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In addition to its regular oyster offerings, Zadie's holds a weekday happy hour special from 5 to 7 p.m., where select oysters and glasses of wine and Champagne are half off and the chef's choice oyster is $1.50 all night. For Restaurant Week, there's a half & half special, which includes a half bottle of Champagne and half-dozen oysters for $28 now through Aug. 17. (413 E. 12th St., 646-602-1300, zadiesoysterroom.com)

Grand Central Oyster Bar

This century-old eatery in Grand Central Terminal offers
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This century-old eatery in Grand Central Terminal offers more than 24 varieties of bivalves daily. Choose from specials like the oyster pan roast for $13.45, oysters Rockefeller for $17.45, fried oysters with tartar sauce for $13.45 and roasted Blue Point oysters with crunchy asiago-roasted garlic butter for $12.95. (Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., 212-490-6650, oysterbarny.com)

Wallflower

Wallflower, an eatery that offers French country cuisine
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Wallflower, an eatery that offers French country cuisine and original cocktails, offers a half-dozen oysters (with rhubarb mignonette) for $20. (235 W. 12th St., Manhattan, 646-682-9842, wallflowernyc.com)

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